Urban Cycling News

Since the beginning of summer, I have seen a growing number of cyclists commuting to work. It’s not as apparent in the morning, but after work, they’re everywhere! 5:00 PM seems to be the universal quitting time. One thing we’ve done to make the commute more enjoyable and safer, is to start a commuter convoy.

Commuter Convoy
Bicycle Commuter Convoy on Roop Street

Our convoy is still pretty small at this time, with only 3 or 4 strong, but it makes a big difference. Not only do we get to talk along the way, but there is safety in numbers. Multiple cyclists riding together get more respect on the road. Not only is the pack more visible, but I think people are less apt to mess with a group of the people when the odds are not in their favor.

Not only is high visibility safer, but the message that cycling is fun is better advertised to the masses. If people see a group doing it, then maybe they get the idea in their head that they should give it a try. One of my fun activities on the way home is to count how many cars we pass on Roop Street. Roop Street is one of the main streets for getting around town, and is always backed up during rush hour. In just a short half mile stretch, I once counted over 30 cars passed!

We leave the capital grounds around 5 PM and head north if you’d like to join us. If you’re in another part of the city, and would like help connecting with other bicycle commuters, let me know (email address is on the contact page above)!

Elsewhere on the web…

Do you read Urban Velo? The current issue has some fantastic information for bicycle commuters that I’d like to point out. Page 30 has an article entitled STREET SMARTS – SURVIVAL SKILLS FROM A BICYCLE MESSENGER. Issue #9 is now available for download over on the Urban Velo Blog HERE.

When I was skimming the online magazine to get to the Street Smarts article, I came across a familiar face. Check out Page 22 of Urban Velo, and you’ll see Carson City’s Gabe Gonzalez! Gabe is frequently seen on his fixie at the local bicycle events, and it’s not uncommon to see him hanging out at the Bicycle Authority shooting the breeze with the rest of the guys. Go check out the interview with Gabe and see why he likes riding in the city.

15 thoughts on “Urban Cycling News

  1. I ride through your parking lot without fail every morning. A nice little downhill that gets me to the Swim Center parking lot, and then to Washington Street. We’ve been taking Roop home lately though, instead of bolting across 50 during rush hour.

  2. “Rush Hour”? Isn’t it more like Rush 10 Minutes? I’m waiting for your Bay Area Friends to laugh at our version of heavy traffic.

    For me if I leave my office by 10 minutes to 5:00 it’s a only couple minutes and I’m on the West side of town…then it’s straight to Ash Canyon on the way home. After reading Urban Velo I almost felt like I was missing something not riding in the “City”…I’m sure I’ll be over it by 6:00 this evening.

  3. All I can say is: “Looks like we got ourselves a convoy”!
    Uh, Breaker One-Nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck
    You got a copy on me Pig-Pen? C’mon

    Uh, yeah 10-4 Pig Pen, fer sure, fer sure
    By golly it’s clean clear to Flag-Town, C’mon

    Uh, yeah, that’s a big 10-4 Pig-Pen,
    Yeah, we definitely got us the front door good buddy,
    Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy

  4. Ah, breaker, Pig Pen, this here’s the Duck, again, and ah you wanna back off on them go-go girls? 10, roger, ’bout five mile or so. Yeah, them hogs is gettin’ in-tense up here.

  5. Ah, now here’s the plan, Pig Pen. When we get to the pass, we’re gonna put on our fish costumes, pass out the Vaseline an’ an extra ration a’ rum for the men. That should do it.

  6. Ah, how ’bout ya, Big Nasty, c’mon there. Say, listen, Big Nasty, we sure are glad you was along on this here run ta kick ass, dontcha know? Ah, 10-4, I know you can’t say “kick ass” on the CB. Back.

  7. Ah, 10-4, Pig Pen, what’s your twenty?
    Omaha? Well, they oughta know what to do with them hogs out there fer shur.
    Well, listen, good buddy, keep the bugs off your glass and the bears off your ass. We’ll catch you on the flip-flop.
    This here’s the Rubber Duck on the side.
    Southbound an’ down.
    We gone. ‘Bye,’bye.

  8. Jeff and Co. –

    I have to admit that I am a bit envious of the bike commute. Considering it takes me 2 hours to get from the Jersey burbs to NYC via a bus, a bike commute is out of the question.

    Lunch rides too… kick a guy when he is down…

  9. I had to relocate back to Carson to make this sort of lifestyle possible. Previously, I was only a half hour away from work (about 16 miles), but it drove me NUTS that I was stuck as a car commuter. Had to make a change.

    We’re spoiled with the lunch rides! Fun trails just 2 miles from work!

  10. I envious of the convoy. I commute regularily in Tennessee. Bicycle commuters are not that common here. I sometimes see bike commuters, but they are usually travelling the otherway. Enjoy the convoy. I hope the idea spreads! I hope it educates drivers!

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